Donovan Targets Funding For Palestinian Authority
Washington, DC—November 15, 2017….Congressman Dan Donovan (NY-11) today voted to pass the Taylor Force Act out of the Foreign Affairs Committee. The legislation is named after West Point graduate and Army veteran Taylor Force, who was studying abroad in Israel in pursuit of a Master’s degree when a Palestinian assailant stabbed him to death in an act of terror. The legislation that bears his name would end U.S. financial assistance to the Palestinian Authority until it stops compensating terrorists for their acts of violence.
Congressman Donovan said, “The Palestinian Authority is among the world’s biggest recipients of foreign aid while they also pay generously for acts of murder and terror. This legislation says ‘no more’ – American dollars should not fund a regime that supports attacks on the innocent.”
The bill would also withhold U.S. economic assistance unless the Palestinian Authority takes credible steps to end acts of violence against Israelis and Americans; revokes its laws compensating prisoners who committed acts of terrorism; and publicly condemns acts of violence.
The Taylor Force Act passed out of committee unanimously.
During the same markup, Donovan also voted in support of a resolution condemning persecution of Christians and religious minorities. Speaking in support of the resolution, Donovan said, “It’s deeply saddening that we must consider a resolution condemning religious persecution in 2017, 240 years after America’s founders held it a self-evident truth that people can worship how they choose. This Resolution affirms that religious freedom is a fundamental right of every individual, and condemns the persecution of Christians and other religious minorities in regions where worshiping how one chooses is a punishable offense.”
Last year, Donovan helped lead the successful effort to declare ISIS atrocities against Christians, Yazidis, and other religious minorities as acts of genocide.